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Kirsten adapts tragic Marsha’s book

A novel by tragic Iranian writer Marsha Mehran (inset) is set to be filmed by a top Irish director.

Kirsten Sheridan plans to adapt and direct the best-seller Pomegranate Soup.

The story is about two Iranian sisters who move to Ireland and open an restaurant.

It is set in a small Mayo village, near Croagh Patrick, and centres on the Amnipour sisters who set up a Persian cafe, introducing the locals to new flavours.

Ms Sheridan has previously directed Disco Pigs and August Rush and the new movie will be produced by Subotica Pictures.

The adaptation received €22,000 in funding from the Irish Film Board.

It is being envisaged as being a “mid-budget” project.

It has been around two weeks since the remains of the best-selling author Marsha Mehran were discovered in her apartment in Co Mayo.

Tragic

The film rights had been purchased months before her death, and the project is still in development.

Tristan Orpen Lynch of Subotica Pictures said: “It’s a story of cultures coming to Ireland; the Middle Eastern culture landing in a Mayo setting. Some of the stuff is really observant about the development of Ireland.”

The author previously said that it was important to her that the story was set in Ireland.

“There is something absolutely mystical about the Irish countryside, and I knew that if there was one place on earth where my Amnipour sisters could find hope and a fresh start, it would be amongst the heather and clover fields of Eire,” the author explained.

The film is likely to attract a lot of interest, as the novel was translated into 15 languages and was published in over 20 countries.

The author was born in Tehran but migrated with her family to Argentina in 1979 at the time of the Iranian revolution.

Later she moved to the United States, but also lived in Australia, where her father still lives.

The 36-year-old had signed a lease on a property at Lecanvey, in Wesport in early January. She had been working on a new book at the time of her death.

Pathologist Dr Tiede Nemeth, who carried out a post mortem, told an inquest hearing that he had not been able to establish the cause of death and the results of toxicology tests were awaited.

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